By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Sept. 27: The elected members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) began a two-day internal meeting on Monday to resolve the current stalemate at the T-building in the CTA compound in Dharamshala. The meeting convened by the five MPs from abroad was participated by 44 members, barring Australasia MP Tenzin Phuntsok Doring, due to the country’s Covid-19 restrictions.
The Parliament Secretariat staff supervised the proceedings by following proper Covid-19 guidelines. The ongoing discussion will attempt to resolve the ongoing parliamentary deadlock that has prevented two consecutive sessions of the TPiE. The short letter written by the five elected representatives from abroad called all the parliamentarians for an in-person meeting to be held on Sept. 27. As per sources, expenses including travel have been incurred by the representatives themselves.
This meeting relayed specific guidelines for smooth deliberation on the next steps to resolve the stalemate. A schedule of the internal meeting received by media houses directed the representatives to avoid any communication with the media as well as social media platforms until the meeting concludes on Tuesday. Participants have been asked to speak within five minutes and an additional three minutes more if requested. At the end of the deliberation, the representative body is set to hold a press conference to announce the decision made through consensus.
Prior to the arrival of the elected members, petitioners who had protested against the reinstated Tibetan judges submitted signature petition to each individual as they arrived at the meeting. The letter carried 5300 names and signatures urging the parliamentarians for an immediate resolution to the stalemate.
The 17th Tibetan parliament is yet to appoint the new Speaker, and approve the Kalons or the ministers of the respective departments under CTA. The ongoing parliamentary deadlock stemmed from two oath-taking ceremonies on June 8, as 21 MPs took oath from the Pro-tem Speaker Dawa Tsering as mandated by the Charter, whereas 22 MPs took oath in front of His Holiness’ portrait and the Charter.